Week 1 saw the Cincinnati Bengals travel up to the Pacific northwest to take on the Seahawks at Centurylink field. The Bengals entered the game as 9.5 point underdogs in the matchup and really gave the Seahawks all they could handle, eventually losing though, by a score of 21-20. Despite the loss, I would have to say it was pretty good debut for first year head coach Zac Taylor. The Bengals were in the game the entire way even taking a 17-14 lead into the fourth quarter.
Seattle would eventually go on top with a touchdown pass from Russel Wilson to Tyler Locket and the Bengals weren’t able to answer with a touchdown of their own. The Bengals were able to easily cover the number (+9.5) and now have a 5 game ATS winning streak.
Andy Dalton had a carreer game week 1 throwing for 418 yards and two scores all while not throwing any interceptions. This is a promising sign for a team with so much uncertainty coming into the season. The loss of A.J. Green really wasn’t glaring, as the Bengals saw John Ross step in and step up in a big way. Finishing the game with 7 receptions for 158 yards and two scores. Defensively the Bengals looked pretty good as well, holding Russel Wilson to under 200 yards on only 20 attempts. The Bengals easily covered the 9.5 in this game and it was never really a sweat.
The total for the game was set at 43.5 and of course fell to the under. The Bengals and rookie head coach Zac Taylor showed in this game that they are not to be taken lightly this year. They came in to one of the toughest places to play in NFL, had a great game plan and almost pulled out big road victory to start the season. They have a talented roster with a veteran QB and should be in almost all their games this year.
Bengals Odds for NFL Week 2 Against San Francisco
This week the Bengals have the San Francisco 49ers coming to town on Sunday for a 1:00 kickoff. Oddsmakers have opened the line at CIN -1 with a total OVER / UNDER of 45.5. The line has since been bet down to a pick em in some places. San Francisco is coming off a 31-17 road win against the Buccaneers last week. They will now head back across the country again to play the Bengals on Sunday.
Teams in this situation (back to back road games to open season) have not faired well in week 2. Over the past 8 seasons teams have been in this situation 26 times and have a record of 6-19-1 ATS. Over the past 3 season those same teams are 0-11 ATS! That in addition to the performance the Bengals put on last week, even in a loss. I will gladly be backing the Bengals this week. I believe they are the better team in a much better situation on Sunday.